Google announces Android 7.1 Nougat, developer previews and new features coming soon

Google announces Android 7.1 Nougat, developer previews and new features coming soon
Google has formally introduced the Android 7.1 Nougat platform. This is the Android version currently running on the Pixel smartphones and developer preview images will soon be available for the Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P, along with other devices at a later date. The company has briefly outlined the new features for developers contained in the developer preview.

Developers get to utilize an app shortcuts API (surface key actions directly in the launcher), support for circular app icons, wallpaper metadata (such as label, description, author, and URL), image keyboard support (apps can tell the keyboard what types of content they accept, and keyboards can deliver all of the images and other content that they offer to the user. ), and a storage manager intent (apps can take the user directly to a new Settings screen to clear unused files and free up space).

Initially, Google will release the Developer Preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices. At the final release of the Android 7.1.x platform, due in early December, updates will be pushed to the full lineup of supported devices – Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Player, Pixel C, supported Android One devices, and the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The update is a promising one and pushes the Android platform further into advancement.

source: Google



1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Can't wait to try it out on my Pixel XL whenever the heck it gets shipped. I can honestly say I've never had a stock Android device before.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You are gonna love it buddy, congrats on the purchase!

2. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

7.1 doesn't seem to be a big improvement to the 6.0. At least from the change logs.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Can't wait to get it on my HTC 10.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The thing is, all of these changes are for the developers. There isn't really anything here that the end user can make use of until the developers implement them. I could've sworn 7.1 was supposed to give us night mode and expanded FPS actions. It sounds as those will stay as a Pixel exclusive for the time being. Also of note, the final release will come to us sometime in December while the Pixels will have them at launch in just over a week. So the eligible Nexus devices will get them just over a month later, where in the past older Nexus devices usually was the updates a week or two after the new devices.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not sure what you mean by expanded FPS actions Night mode was never announced as a feature of 7.0 It was a work in progress feature that was included for testing purposes It wasn't included in the final release due to performance issues All the announced as a feature of 7.0 made it into the public release

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

By expanded FPS actions, I was referring to things like the ability to swipe your finger across the Fingerprint Scanner and have it bring up the notification shade, and IIRC there were other actions as well. I know it wasn't an ounces as a part of 7.0, bit this is about 7.1. Apparently Night Mode is supposed to be on the Pixels which launch with 7.1 and they were saying after the launch that it along with the FPS actions were coming to last year's Nexus phones in 7.1.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I dont remember Fingerprint Scanner being announced as a feature of 7.0 Please link a source if you can, I did some searching couldnt find one AFAIK it has always been a rumored feature of the Pixels e.g.

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